Purpose

It's not all about the coffee. Here's a few ways we engage with the world around us, and what we support as a company. These are our Bearings.

Local non-profits

There’s a number of charitable causes and not-for-profits in our hometown of Philadelphia. In 2018, we will continue our support of the National Services Center (NSC). NSC is Philadelphia's leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future. For more on what they do, please visit: https://nscphila.org/

In 2017, we launched a product called 'Santa Claws' in support of City Kitties, a Philadelphia based cat shelter that rescues cats. We adopted a crazy rogue now named Hugo from them. 'Santa Claws' returns in 2018. 

Art & Research

We all love some form of art, whether it's visual, auditory or performance. At Bearings, we collaborate with US artists and have also identified arts groups in coffee producing countries in order to provide small, but meaningful support to them. As the projects come to life, we’ll share the outcomes with you. In 2018, we will do a visual arts project in Haiti.

In many coffee producing countries, there isn't sufficient information available to help a variety of stakeholders make better decisions for coffee communities. Our founder experienced this first hand when he lived in Haiti. As the company grows, we will support researchers with their work in coffee producing countries. When research is published, we’ll share it with you.

Light pollution

For centuries, the explorers, the thinkers, and the curious looked to the sky for guidance and direction: It's how people found their bearings. Due to light pollution, it’s more difficult to do so today because the sky is harder to see.

The International Dark Skies Initiative (IDA) wants to uncover the cosmos so, you too can see the stars. IDA has created what’s called ‘Dark Sky Parks’, and over the next five years (2017 to 2022) we endeavor to launch a Dark Sky park in a coffee producing country. It's a tall order, but this is our dream project. As it comes together we'll announce updates via our monthly newsletter.

For more information on IDA go to: darksky.org. To learn more about light pollution watch this video 

To learn more or ask a question, send an email to our owner: conor@bearingscoffee.com